VOORHEES, N.J. — Morgan Frost was teeming with nerves.
The Flyers had just called his name on the night of the NHL draft, so emotions were running wild as he made his way to the spectacle’s forefront at the United Center.
“It was pretty crazy,” Frost said last week. “Walking up the stage, I thought I was going to fall over.”
Unlike that concern, Frost has no trouble staying upright on the ice. His speed, skating and skills are what made him attractive to the Flyers, who selected the 18-year-old in the June draft with the 27th pick acquired via the Brayden Schenn trade.
With the deal, Frost became the Flyers’ second first-round choice of the night, joining No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick. And similar to Patrick, Frost is a skilled forward that thrives when skill surrounds him. Put Frost with talent, and he’ll make it better.
“I think I’m definitely a playmaker first,” Frost said. “I think you’re always going to see me with more assists than goals.”
That rung true last season when Frost put up 42 assists compared to 20 goals in 67 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. Alongside Bruins 2015 first-round pick Zach Senyshyn, a bona-fide goal-scoring winger, Frost dished the puck plenty and also produced a 22-assist increase from his first year of junior play.
“Playing with a guy like Senyshyn definitely helps that stat because he’s a goal scorer,” Frost said. “I think for me, playing with a goal scorer is part of the best thing because I’m a guy that likes to distribute. At the same time, I feel like I can contribute offensively in terms of scoring, but I’m definitely a playmaker.”
Frost provided glimpses of that ability through a variety of drills and competition at Flyers development camp, his first real taste of the NHL.
“It’s super special,” Frost said. “The first step on that ice obviously meant a lot to me. It’s still pretty surreal for me to be here. I’m definitely excited.”
Now with an NHL organization, Frost hopes to grow both…